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NHL giants headed for Hockey Hall of Fame

Tuesday, 06.23.2009 / 3:57 PM / Hall of Fame

NHL.com

TORONTO -- Detroit Red Wings great Steve Yzerman, hard shooting Brett Hull, the elegant Brian Leetch and prolific Luc Robitaille were named the induction class for 2009 Tuesday.

New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello has been selected for induction in the Builder category.

Ceremonies for the 2009 Induction Class are set for Nov. 9.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these five hockey legends as Honoured Members," said Selection Committee Co-Chairman Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

A native of Belleville, Ontario, Brett Hull played college hockey for two seasons at the University of Minnesota Duluth, before embarking on his professional career in 1986. Hull played 19 NHL seasons, winning Stanley Cups with Detroit and Dallas. A three-time first team NHL All-Star, along with his father Bobby, he is the only NHL father-son duo to each record 600 goals and 1,000 career points.

Brian Leetch played his collegiate hockey at Boston College and was drafted in the first round (ninth pick) in 1986. He turned pro with the Rangers in 1987 and went on to play 18 NHL seasons, winning the James Norris trophy twice. Leetch was a key member of the Rangers' 1993-94 Stanley Cup winning team and became the first U.S. born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's playoff MVP.

Luc Robitaille played his junior hockey in Hull, Quebec under the tutelage of Pat Burns. A late selection (9th round) of the Los Angeles Kings in 1984, he went on to win the Calder Trophy in his rookie season in 1987. He played 19 NHL seasons, ranking 10th amongst NHLers all time in scoring and his eight 40+ goal seasons are only surpassed by Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy.

Steve Yzerman was selected fourth by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1983 Entry Draft and went on to play 22 seasons for the Wings. The longest serving team captain in Red Wings history (1986 until 2006), Yzerman holds numerous team records, led the team to three Stanley Cups and was a member of Canada's gold medal winning Olympic team in 2002.

In the Builder Category, long-time New Jersey Devils General Manager, Lou Lamoriello was honored for his over 40 years of contributions to the game -- both at the collegiate and NHL levels. Under his leadership the Devils have won three Stanley Cups: in 1995, 2000 and 2003.







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